Superfund Information Systems: Site Profile

Superfund Site:

CHEMFORM, INC.
POMPANO BEACH, FL

Cleanup Activities

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Background

The 4-acre Chemform, Inc. Superfund site is in Pompano Beach, Florida. Industrial businesses surround the site.

Between 1967 and 1985, a precision machine shop manufactured metal parts for the aerospace industry at the site. The company also designed and manufactured electrochemical machines for other industries. The property is currently used as a produce distribution center.

In 1989, EPA placed the site on the Superfund program’s National Priorities List (NPL) because of contaminated groundwater and soil resulting from waste handling practices.

Site contamination does not currently threaten people living and working near the site. Both residents and businesses use the public water system for drinking water. The site is fenced to reduce access by the public. Information on the Superfund risk process is available.

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What Has Been Done to Clean Up the Site?

EPA, FDEP and some of the site’s PRPs have made strides towards reducing risks caused by site contamination through the following actions:

  • removed about 3,600 cubic yards of contaminated soil as well as debris, drums, and sludge from two underground storage tanks;
  • removed containerized chemicals from the building; and
  • conducted groundwater sampling.

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What Is the Current Site Status?

The most recent Five Year Review was published by EPA HQs in 2015. The sitewide remedy is protective of human heaith and the environment in the short term.

EPA, FDEP and some of the site's PRPs are working together to develop a sampling plan for further investigations to determine the extent of arsenic and vinyl chloride in groundwater.

The property is currently used as a produce distribution center.

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Activity and Use Limitations

At this site, activity and use limitations that EPA calls institutional controls are in place. Institutional controls play an important role in site remedies because they reduce exposure to contamination by limiting land or resource use. They also guide human behavior. For instance, zoning restrictions prevent land uses – such as residential uses – that are not consistent with the level of cleanup.

For more background, see Institutional Controls.

For this site, Institutional Controls are in place that restrict installation of potable water wells where the property abuts a water main owned by a public or private water utility system (Broward County Code sections 34-35 through 34-49). The site also lies within a Florida Delineated Area which restricts well placement Exit (FAC 62-524).

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Enforcement Information

 

Enforcing environmental laws is a central part of EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment. When warranted, EPA will take civil or criminal enforcement action against violators of environmental laws.

Under 122(h) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency has entered into a settlement agreement with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and Smith International, Inc. concerning the Chemform, Inc., Superfund Site located in Pompano Beach, Florida. The settlement addresses recovery of CERCLA costs for a cleanup action performed by the EPA at the Site.

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